The Math of Safari RSS – 1.4TB a month?!

[With the upgrade to] a brand new Safari browser that can read and display RSS feeds in a simple easy to understand manner. That upgrade while great for the consumers, could come as a big shocker for those blogs whose feeds are included as part of Safari’s default starter package. Infact it could be the biggest stress test for RSS thus far!


Lets say if one of these news operations updated their site once an hour and each update results in a nominal 5 kilobytes of RSS generated data, then 500,000 simultaneous Safari users polling at top of the hour would mean a total data transfer of over 2 gigabytes per hour. Times 24, and you have over 48 gigabytes of data transfer every day – just from Safari users alone. What if more than a million Tiger Safaris were on the loose. Oh boy! While an addition 48 gigabytes of traffic a day or 1.4 terabyte a month is not that much for large sites, but it will add up.

Well, since you have RSS support why don’t you sign up for our feed.

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